A theory that describes how matter interacts dynamically with the geometry of space and time. It was first published by Einstein in 1915 and is currently used to study the structure and evolution of the universe, as well as having practical applications like GPS.

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does a rotating moving body in “flat” space curve its path because of frame dragging?

I am not a physicist. let's say we have a space with an object in it, where all other gravitational bodies are so far away that their affect on the shape of the space is negligible. let's say the ...
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Timelike Boundary

I was reading in a paper (see 1st paragraph of introduction section in http://arxiv.org/pdf/1510.00709.pdf) that in AdS space, waves can reach the boundary in finite time and, since said boundary is ...
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Is there high ring-down frequencies in LIGO's recent discovery?

This question is from Physics overflow: question in physicsoverflow. I am reading LIGO's new discovery of gravitational waves by black hole merger. During the merger, two phases are not hard to ...
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Why would a modern smartphone not work if the theory of general relativity hadn't been discoverd? [closed]

My teacher told me that todays smartphones wouldn't work if the theory of relativity hadn't been discovered, but he didn't explained why.
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What does general relativity predict for spacetime without energy?

I am kind of new to GR but I have been familiar with the concepts for a long time, I am getting used to the mathematics just now. My question is, what would GR predict if we would have an empty ...
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(Causal) Set notation round brackets vs square brackets? [closed]

In many (quite old) papers & books I have been reading recently in the causal theory of general relativity (e.g. On the structure of causal spaces, Kronheimer & Penrose, 1967) I find sets ...
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Getting started self-studying general relativity

What are some good books, videos, websites for getting started with general relativity? I would prefer mathematically rigorous sources.
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Is this video's notion of general relativity correct? [duplicate]

In this video it explains the path of the apple in the general relativity version of gravity as being a straight line on a curved surface. Is this valid? Edit: this isn't a duplicate of the supposed ...
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Can there exist an observer able to observe a collapse of a star into a black hole?

We know that an observer at infinity cannot see a star forming into a black hole as the matter will take progressively longer and longer time to compress (from this observer's point of view). Is ...
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Cosmic Rest Frame

Cosmic Rest Frame is defined in the paper "Adventures in Friedmann cosmology :A detailed expansion of cosmological Friedmann equations" by R Nemiroff and B Patla as the frame at a point where average ...
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Gravitational wave equations worked out

Is there a website where gravitational wave equations are worked out numerically? I would like to experiment with mass configurations but can't find examples.
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An example of a theory that respects the Weak Equivalence Principle but violates the Einstein Equivalence Principle

The Weak Equivalence Principle has any one of the following forms: the inertial mass is equal to the gravitational mass there exists a preferred class of trajectories through spacetime, known as ...
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What manifold is spacetime?

In General Relativity, spacetime is a $4$-dimensional manifold with one Lorentzian metric tensor defined on it. In the Special Relativity case what manifold is spacetime is quite clear: it is ...
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When and where to check the formal definition of a manifold

In most texts on GR we are first introduced to a formal and rigorous definition of a manifold. We then learn the point that in GR "any coordinate system" might be used for the 4D spacetime metric. ...
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Diffeomorphism invariance and geodesic action

I'm trying to understand the role of diffeomorphism and isometry invariance in the geodesic action in GR: $$ S = \int_{\tau_1}^{\tau_2} \! d\tau~ g_{ab}(x(\tau)) \frac{dx^a}{d\tau} \frac{dx^a}{d\tau} ...
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Are quantum mechanics and general relativity predictions of string theory, or were they built into the theory from the start?

Are quantum mechanics and general relativity predictions of string theory, or were they built into the theory from the start? If the former, why aren't tests of GR and QM considered simultaneous tests ...
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How does Einstein's curved space time produce acceleration in a free falling object? [duplicate]

I never really thought much about all of this before so I'm definitely a newbie. Please excuse my ignorance. If I understand what I have read so far: if spacetime is curved time would click by at a ...
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Torsion-free, symmetric connection and non-coordinate basis

The torsion tensor is defined as (Hawking p.34) \begin{equation} \mathbf{T}(\mathbf{X},\mathbf{Y}) = \nabla_{\mathbf{X}}\mathbf{Y} - \nabla_{\mathbf{Y}}\mathbf{X} - [\mathbf{X},\mathbf{Y}]. ...
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Confusion about gravity

I understand the “rubber sheet” model of Relativistic gravity is just an illustration, and beyond the initial issues of mixing three dimensional objects with a two dimensional representation of 3D ...
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Lagrangian for relativistic massless point particle

For relativistic massive particle, the action is $$S ~=~ -m_0 \int ds ~=~ -m_0 \int d\lambda ~\sqrt{ g_{\mu\nu} \dot{x}^{\mu}\dot{x}^{\nu}} ~=~ \int d\lambda \ L,$$ where $ds$ is the proper time of ...
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Questions about null geodesic [closed]

Show for the null geodesic in 3D flat spacetime using polar coordinates so the line element is $ds^2=-dt^2+dr^2+r^2d\phi^2$. Do light rays move on straight lines? My question is that I only learned ...
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About periodicity of coordinates given a metric

If I am given a metric how do I decide which coordinate is periodic? Eg. can I look at metric in plane polar coordinates and tell that θ direction is periodic. Also How do I calculate the period of ...
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Rotation of Spacetime $\Rightarrow$ Change in orbit/path

Along the idea of frame-dragging; Will the rotation of a black hole, which has some velocity v and angular momentum, influence its path in 3D space? I've seen the fact that depending on the ...
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Does all of spacetime exist?

In Brian Greene’s 2004 book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, he quotes Einstein on the meaning of time, …the distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, however persistent. ...
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Could there be a “massive gravity” theory?

If we talk about a "quantum theory" of General Relativity, we know that the particle that mediates the gravitational force would be the so called Graviton, a massless particle with spin $2$. I ...
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Energy conservation around a black hole

In the Schwarzschild black hole, the Killing vector "time translation" $k^a$, so that the following quantity is conserved along a geodesic: $$E = -g_{ab}k^au^b = (1 - ...
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What is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter? [closed]

Since, there is always an interplay between gravity and the fabric of spacetime. I wonder which is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter?
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What happens if I slowly lower a dangling object into a black hole?

I could've sworn I've seen this question before, but I couldn't find it. Suppose I have an object on the end of a really long string. I can slowly lower it near the event horizon of a black hole, ...
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Using $\sqrt{-g}$ in integrals of proper volume

I am a little confused over integration using proper volume element. When do we use $\sqrt{-g}$ in calculations? For example, in many calculations involving stars, say when using TOV equation, this ...
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Difference between Fermi and Riemann normal coordinates

What is the difference between Fermi normal coordinates and Riemann normal coordinates? Which one of them is related to the vanishing of the Christoffel symbols?
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Does a black hole ever fully form to an outside observer? [duplicate]

According to general relativity, I had understood that time appears to slow down when looking into high gravitational fields from afar, so that as a black hole forms, the light from a collapsing star ...
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Hamiltonian constraint in spherical Friedmann cosmology

I'm taking a GR course, in which the instructor discussed the 'Hamiltonian constraint' of spherical Friedmann cosmology action. I'm not quite clear about the definition of 'Hamiltonian constraint' ...
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Equivalence of definitions of ADM Mass

ADM Mass is a useful measure of a system. It is often defined (Wald 293) $$M_{ADM}=\frac{1}{16\pi} \lim_{r \to \infty} \oint_{s_r} (h_{\mu\nu,\mu}-h_{\mu\mu,\nu})N^{\nu} dA$$ Where $s_r$ is two ...
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Relative motion in particle measurements

I was thinking about measurement of particles at almost-zero energies/temperatures and the movement associated with it. Compared to an observer next to the particle who sees the particle moving at ...
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Another layman blackhole question, pulling one end of a string out from behind the event horizon

No long explanation is needed, What would happen if I were to allow one end of a rope to fall past the event horizon of a black hole while I held the other end? Would I be able to pull it out? Would ...
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Equilibrium for a rope hanging in a Schwarzschild spacetime

Update: Trimok and MBN helped me solve most of my confusion. However, there is still an extra term $-(2/r)T$ in the final result. Brown doesn't write this term, and it seems physically wrong. Update ...
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What will happen to Earth if it's tied to a black hole thru a really strong string?

Imagine a very strong string (with infinity as as its breaking point) attached to earth very strongly and the other end is put inside a black hole, What will happen to Earth? And the string? Will ...
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Doubts about Chern-Simons state as a solution of the Hamiltonian constraint in quantum gravity

I've been doing some work with both Baez's Knots, gauge fields and gravity (1) and Gambini, Pullin's Loops, knots, gauge Theories and quantum gravity (2), lately. I have basically two problems: I ...
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How are the frequency and wavelength of electromagnetic waves affected within an event horizon?

I apologize if this has been asked previously or if my thinking is way off base, but I am inexperienced with relativity (and this is my first question on the site). I am wondering; as one (not ...
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Interpreting meaning of coordinates given a metric

I was working problem 3.6 in Carroll's GR textbook and was given the following metric, which is a good approximation to the metric outside the surface of the Earth. $ds^2=-(1+2 \Phi(r))dt^2 + ...
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The derivation of the Mass-Energy(including mechanical energy) equivalence principle [duplicate]

(Not duplication! I couldn't find the answer for the general case, instead of the special case that I've already seen in Youtube I hyperlinked.) I will fully satisfy with not only a mathematically ...
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The mass-energy equivalence is a principle which can not be derived from anything? [duplicate]

Not duplication) I couldn't find the answer for the general case, instead of the special case that I already seen in Youtube I hyperlinked. I will fully satisfy with not only a mathematically ...
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Simulation of relativistic probe passing through an external solar system

I recently read about the Breakthrough Initiative to launch "StarShot", a nano-probe that is designed to travel to Alpha Centauri at $0.2c$. One of the challenges to be solved involves the precise ...
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Does the constancy of the speed of light in vacuum hold for any observer in GR as well?

From SR, we know that the speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of the motion of the light source. But in GR, does it still hold for all observers? I mean the constancy ...
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Non equilibrium black hole radiating away energy and angular momentum, with total energy and angular momentum conserved

The question refers to whether mass (i.e., energy) and angular momentum can be considered to have been carried away by the gravitational radiation in the hole settling down. And whether those entities ...
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A spin zero graviton?

Why can the graviton not be a spin 0 particle? On a similar note why can it not be a spin 4, spin 6 particle?
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Pressure and density using a general Lagrangian

Given a lagrangian of a form: \begin{equation}\mathcal{L}=f(\phi,\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial^{\mu}\phi)\end{equation} where $f$ is a function, I need to derive pressure and density in a FLRW universe ...
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Doesn't the Schwarzschild metric combined with Hawking radiation imply that nothing ever gets past the event horizon of a black hole?

According to the General Theory of Relativity, the coordinate time distance per spacetime distance traveled by a particle freely falling into a black hole gets closer and closer to $0$ as the particle ...
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Geodesic tangent vector in a Riemannian 4-space

I am doing a question in Lewis Ryder's introduction to General relativity. I am very close to the answer but not quite there. The question is: A Riemannian 4-space has metric $$ds^2 = ...
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Binary black hole merger viewed from inside the event horizon

How did the metric evolve inside the event horizons of the black holes whose merger caused the GW150914 signal? In principle the Schwarzchild metric of a non-rotating black hole is known inside the ...